Antique Photographs of the
Antique Photographs of
the Poncas and Richard Steele, Indian agent, White Eagle,
This first photograph
is of Kenneth Kemble, Ne Wah Ce Bah Nah. He was taught to play the
piano by the wife of the Indian Agent, Richard Steele. Jennie
Steele was a classical pianist, 1903.
In 1898 Richard St. Clair Steele came to
WhiteEagle, Oklahoma as an Indian Agent. Shortly after his arrival
his brother Guy Steele came with his family. This is the store they
established at WhiteEagle.
Interior of Steele Brother's Store. The
photographs are a study of how the American government was
functioning at the time by bringing these amenities and culture of
theirs to the reservations. It is remembered by some of the older
ones how there was a picture of a bear on the cans of pears, thus
pears were named man-chu, the word for bear.
This is a photograph of Vince
Dillon, the photographer who took these pictures during this time
era, early 1900's.
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